Review: This is the man who trained Bruce Wayne (as Ras-Al-Ghul) and the man who mentored Obi-Wan Kenobi (as Qui-Gon Jinn). You took his daughter once. He looked for you, he found you and he killed you. And now you want to take revenge. Really!? What were you thinking?
When you watch movies such as Taken or The Bourne series, the only thing that you think post the movie would probably be “It would be so cool to be a CIA operative”. Taken 2 is pretty much the same old drill. Liam Neeson is a CIA operative (not to mention, an over-possessive, over-obsessive father), Bryan Mills, enjoying a vacation with his ex-wife (Lenore, played by Famke Janssen) and daughter at Istanbul. Things go awry when Bryan and his ex-wife are taken hostage by the father of the person who kidnapped his daughter. What follows is Bryan Mills being awesome with a little help from his daughter Kim (played by Maggie Grace). Taken 2 is pretty much similar to the first edition of the movie. There is nothing new in the movie. It follows a straight story, some stunning action and a more muscular looking Liam Neeson.
The movie is filled with action and the usual dialogues. There are definitely some scenes that are brilliantly executed but some of them would make you want to pinch yourself (For instance Kim throwing a grenade in an almost perfect manner).
Liam Neeson as usual did brilliantly. His dialogues will still give the audience goosebumps. Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen did their usual whining roles which didn’t require any effort as it was mostly a copy-paste acting job from the first edition.
Verdict: Action and Liam Neeson fans will enjoy this. The rest can afford to give it a miss.
Director: Olivier Megaton
Cast & Crew: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, D.B. Sweeney, Luke Grimes, Rade Serbedzija
Length: 1 hr 34 mins
Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen